Anacortes Chamber of Commerce staff, including Laura Hartner dangling from overhead, are building a new kind of Christmas tree, one built of prawn pots, for the annual community tree-lighting set for Friday evening.
The Chamber had announced a change from the traditional cut tree to what they call a Coastal Christmas tree made with prawn pots. The chamber said they wanted to celebrate the town’s marine heritage.
Chamber Director Stephanie Hamilton said the change was ‘partially’ a result of the difficulty in finding an appropriate tree in the past few years. “It was time to try something different.”
The Chamber’s monthly newsletter to members attributed the plan to fishing villages of New England. “Each December lobster pots find a second life as they are stacked into pyramids to create community Chritmas trees. These fun and unique trees bring the whole community together and reflect the spirit of their towns.”
The chamber is borrowing prawn pots from Bret Andrich, a trunk from Jason Dunton and cedar garland from Costco.
The tree-lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 4 at 6pm in front of the Chamber office at Commercial Ave. and Ninth St. followed by the annual Holiday Art Walk.